Britain’s governing body for tennis, the LTA has announced that StreetGames will be its new national charity partner. The decision, reached following an internal staff vote, will now take the form of a three-year partnership, designed to support StreetGames’ work to empower disadvantaged young people through sport; helping to make them healthier, safer and more successful.


The partnership, which is set to run until the end of 2021, will see the LTA helping to raise the profile of the UK’s leading sport for development charity, whilst also engaging in various fundraising activities on StreetGames’ behalf. This will include highlighting StreetGames’ work as part of national events, including last week’s Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club in London.


The Championships played host to one of StreetGames’ brightest young volunteers, Kevin Jacob - who was invited to perform the all-important coin toss as part of this Sunday’s final. Kevin’s appearance capped off a busy first week of partnership activities, with StreetGames benefiting from a portion of ticket sales, ball sales and attendee donations.



Supporting last week’s event, was LTA partner BNP Paribas. With its ‘Aces from the Heart’ initiative, the bank committed to donating £50 to StreetGames for every ace served on Centre Court. BNP Paribas also offered a lifetime opportunity to 50 young people – inviting them to watch the live tennis on centre court, play tennis on the practise courts with Mark Philipoussis and enjoy hospitality the day.  The total amount raised from this historic event is to be confirmed.


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Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive of the LTA said “StreetGames is a brilliant charity and we are really excited about working with them over the next three years.  Their work to use sport to positively impact the lives of disadvantaged young people can make such a difference, and is a fantastic fit for the LTA and our new vision to open up tennis to anyone who wants to get involved.  We’re looking forward to introducing StreetGames and the work they do to the wider tennis family in the coming weeks and months.”

Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive of StreetGames said “Tennis forms an important part of StreetGames’ sporting offer, so we are absolutely thrilled to be announcing this new partnership with the team at the LTA. Together, we can do so much more for disadvantaged young people through sport, from teaching new skills and nurturing self-confidence, to inspiring these individuals with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities".

 

Anne Marie Verstraeten, UK Country Head of BNP Paribas, which is also supporting the partnership said: “BNP Paribas believes in strongly investing in UK society, so we’re proud to support StreetGames through our ‘Aces from the Heart’ programme.  To maximise the help we can give to this terrific charity, BNP Paribas will also match public donations.”